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Staying the Course • Crossing the Finish Line of the COVID-19 School Year

The pandemic finish line is in sight, and — as with any marathon — we need to stay the course and keep up our stamina in order to safely put this test of endurance behind us.

With COVID-19 case counts falling and Utah’s vaccination rates picking up, what safety protocols remain in place in Canyons District schools? Are any changes to the weekly school schedule expected this year?

Canyons District will continue to follow all applicable laws and consult with local health guidelines in determining next steps as we head into the final leg of the 2020-2021 school year. For now, here are the latest COVID-19-related developments and updates:

Are face masks still required in schools, on buses?

Yes. Face masks will continue to be required in schools, on buses, and at the District Office after April 10, even for those who have received a vaccination for the novel coronavirus. A bill approved by Utah lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session ends the state’s mask mandate starting April 10. Schools, however, are exempted from the legislation. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has said that, in line with the most recent Utah Department of Health order, “the mask mandate will continue after April 10 in schools and for large gatherings.” Canyons will continue to seek guidance from health authorities and update families and employees of any changes in our safety protocols.

How long will Virtual-Learning Fridays remain in place?

The blended-learning model that calls for four days of in-person learning, while reserving Fridays for independent study, will remain in place for the rest of the school year. The expectation is that next fall, schools will return to a five-day schedule. But to preserve planning and collaboration time for teachers this year, and predictability for staff, parents and students who have established childcare and work routines, the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, March 16 opted to stick with virtual Fridays through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a decision favored by the majority of teachers, parents, and students who voiced their opinions via email and through in-person public comments. The schedule has served as a “release-valve” for teachers who have been required to teach changing rosters of students across multiple learning environments (in-person, online and students in quarantine). Students say it’s also helped them cope with the stresses of the pandemic. Many are using Fridays to consult with faculty, receive tutoring, and meet with students in test-prep groups. To further support students with unfinished learning challenges, the District will offer summer learning opportunities. More details about the programs are forthcoming.

Home Communication 3/12/2021

CAYCI SURVEY

Canyons School District is very interested in your opinion!  We are asking for your help to identify how we can improve our school and better support our students and families. 

Look for the parent survey coming home on Monday, March 15th.  Your answers will be kept confidential.  Our goal is to have every family at our school complete and return this survey.  Your students will be receiving prizes when they turn in their completed parent/caregiver survey.  Thank you and we appreciate your feedback!

PENNY PRIDE FUNDRAISER

Monday, March 15 – Thursday, March 25

RULES: Each grade and the teachers/staff has their own jug for collecting money.

GAIN points by adding pennies and bills to your grade level jug.
SUBTRACTother grades’ points by adding silver coins to their jugs.

Pennies & Bills                                                Silver Coins
All pennies and bills                                  All silver coins SUBTRACT
ADD to the grade level total                     from the grade’s total

The grade with the most points wins!

PTA POSITIONS!

Copperview is looking for new members to take on leadership positions for next school year! Contact Jenna Landward 801-826-8169 for more information and join us at our next PTA meeting on Friday, April 16th at 9:00am to learn more!

Mental Health Screening Nights, 4 – 8 p.m.

In the coming weeks, to help our school communities cope with pandemic fatigue and the prospects of a post-pandemic slump, CSD’s licensed counselors are sponsoring free in-person and virtual wellness screenings and consultations for students, ages 10-18. The meetings are for 30 minutes and scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. by appointment only.

Space is limited, and interested participants are asked to register for each event separately (see registration links below). Upon registering, families will be asked to complete a screening tool. During the consultations, licensed professionals will discuss available community resources to meet individual student needs.

  • March 15, Mount Jordan Middle [Register Here]
  • March 22, Midvale Middle [Register Here]
  • April 19, Draper Park Middle [Register Here]Here are more helpful resources:

    Confidential SafeUT Tipline: The SafeUT mobile app and tipline allows anyone to anonymously report acts of bullying and threatened violence, or to seek help for emotional crises, suicidal threats and addiction problems. Download it here: https://healthcare.utah.edu/hmhi/safe-ut/

    Wellness Resources: CSD’s Parent Connections Portal

    Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK.

    Warm Line: 801-587-1055 (for callers not in crisis, but seeking support, engagement and encouragement seven days a week between 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.).

MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC

Free Primary Medical Care at Copperview Elementary

March 24th, 8:00am – 2:00pm

Services IncludeBlood Pressure Care // Diabetes Care // Clinical Breast Exam // Pap smear // Weight Management Care // Anxiety and Depression Care // Acute or Chronic illness Care // and more…

Services available to ALL ages

MUST Call for appointment @385.204.6257

Home Communication 3/5/2021

Dear Copperview Families,

What a great year we’re enjoying at Copperview Elementary. It’s hard to believe we only have three more months left of school, THANKS to all of you for supporting your student’s education during these challenging times. Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” With your support, we’ve truly “done the impossible” this year.

We want to share a few of the highlights from this past month. During the week of Valentine’s Day, we celebrated Kindness Week. We were so impressed by all the kind acts our Cougars showed to their school, the staff, and their peers. We also enjoyed Digital Citizenship week, with a focus on making great choices online. This year’s events required an increased focus on online learning, which makes being a good digital citizen even more important.

During March, we have wonderful experiences planned at Copperview. This week was Read Across America Week, with an emphasis on the importance of reading. Look for some great ideas and books to come home with your students. We will also host our annual Penny Pride Fundraiser. Clean out your couches and pockets and send your loose change with your students. The money raised will be used for school field trips during the 2021-22 school year. We will also seeking your feedback in an upcoming survey. Every other year Canyons School District asks our parents, students and staff to complete a CAYCI survey. Our goal is to have all families complete it and return it. Your responses to this survey are very important to us and will help identify things that are going well and where we can work to improve. Please look for the survey to come home on March 8th. When your child returns the parent survey, they will receive a small prize and be entered into a drawing for larger prizes.

Last but not least, Copperview Elementary needs a new PTA President and other PTA officers. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in your student’s educational experience, and our current leaders, including Josie McClendon, can share all the awesome work that the PTA has been done at Copperview this past year. The PTA is a vital part of our school community and provides great services to our staff, students and community as a whole.

Principal Jeri Rigby

Visit our MARCH NEWSLETTER for more information!

Also check out RSL’s virtual stories for Read Across America Week!

Justen Glad – The World is not a Rectangle – By Zaha Hadid (K – 2nd Graders) 

Andrew Brody – Shark Lady – Jess Keating (3rd Graders) 

Pablo Ruiz – Me Llamo Gabito – Monica Brown (4th and 5th Graders – Spanish)

Tony Beltran – My Name is Gabito – Monica Brown (4th and 5th Graders – English)

 

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